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Remove ChromeStart2(.)ru Browser Hijacker Completely

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ChromeStart2(.)ru is a search engine of a browser hijacker. The hijacker can display targeted content and advertisements on the results page when you use its search. ChromeStart2(.)ru will modify the default homepage, the new tab setting and the search engine of almost all browsers you own. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article until its end.

Threat Summary

Name ChromeStart2(.)ru
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Every browser on your computer could be affected. The hijacker might redirect you and filter all of your searches.
Symptoms Browser settings which can be modified are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You can see sponsored content and advertisements.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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ChromeStart2(.)ru – Distribution Ways

ChromeStart2(.)ru has several distribution ways. The main way is via third party installations. You might have the hijacker on your computer, because of freeware or software bundle setups installed it. Such setups can have additive components set to be installed, by default. The hijacker can change lots of settings in your browsers before you realize. Preventing that from happening is doable if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu, from where to deselect all unwanted components.

ChromeStart2(.)ru might use other was for its distribution. One of those is through advertisements, like banners, pop-ups or pop-unders, being displayed on suspicious websites. The hijacker could also distribute with the aid of redirects which are hosted on similar sites. Owners of such websites might be in an affiliate program or partnered up with those of ChromeStart2(.)ru. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

ChromeStart2(.)ru – In Depth

ChromeStart2(.)ru is the search engine and official page of a browser hijacker. You can see a preview of how that online page looks like in the picture down here:

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The ChromeStart2(.)ru page is composed of just a logo, a simple search bar, and a filed for advertisements. Nothing on the page indicates a link to a Privacy Policy or End User License Agreement. That page will replace the current settings or your browsers, such as their search engines, new tab setting, and home pages, when the browser hijacker is active on your PC. The unwanted application can change different browser preferences, as well.

If any software related to ChromeStart2(.)ru is inside your computer machine or browser applications, you will come to see all of the above-mentioned changes happen. Extensions, plugins, and add-ons, plus any software which has similar hijacking capability can generate advertisements and redirect you when you are surfing the Web. You can land on various websites with targeted content, which third parties host there. These third parties might be in a partnership with ChromeStart2(.)ru.

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The photo above shows what will happen if you initiate a search in ChromeStart2(.)ru and how the search results look. You are redirected to a Google Custom Search, and lots of advertisements will cover almost the entire page. This tactic is common among browser hijacker programs, which use it intending to trick people into having trust in them.

Everything you type in the search bar is information that the hijacker can collect and send to a server of the ChromeStart2(.)ru developers. Cookies and related technologies are in play here and probably gather all kinds of data about you and your browsing. Be careful with the information you provide from search queries, specifically, if it is on a personal level. Read further into this article, to find out what kind of data can be acquired by the ChromeStart2(.)ru service.

The Privacy Policy of ChromeStart2(.)ru might not exist or is hidden from the public eye. That causes an issue, as it’s not made known what information can be collected from you when using any related sites and services, as well as to whom that information is being disclosed.

The site uses cookies, some of which can be stored on your computer and with those cookies, some information is gathered from you. Some of that information may be personally identifying. You can see all cookies right here:

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There are cookies for Google services as well, and that is inevitable as Google’s Custom Search is used and Google also collects information from search queries. Be careful what information you enter.

Using the ChromeStart2(.)ru website or any related service or application can be automatically considered as your permission for the collection of your information. Third parties may receive some of the information, which is collected or all of it. The advertising content you see from the search results might gather additional technical data about your interaction with advertisements and redirect you to said third parties’ sites.

Remove ChromeStart2(.)ru Completely from Your PC

To remove ChromeStart2(.)ru manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove ChromeStart2(.)ru from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ChromeStart2(.)ru

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ChromeStart2(.)ru and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ChromeStart2(.)ru on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ChromeStart2(.)ru there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for ChromeStart2(.)ru with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of ChromeStart2(.)ru from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ChromeStart2(.)ru and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ChromeStart2(.)ru:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ChromeStart2(.)ru. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ChromeStart2(.)ru. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove ChromeStart2(.)ru via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ChromeStart2(.)ru. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove ChromeStart2(.)ru files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ChromeStart2(.)ru, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for ChromeStart2(.)ru:


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Remove ChromeStart2(.)ru from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase ChromeStart2(.)ru from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall ChromeStart2(.)ru from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove ChromeStart2(.)ru from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ChromeStart2(.)ru will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate ChromeStart2(.)ru from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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